Adenosine Receptor Agonists are used to treat irregular heartbeats that have not responded to other treatments. Adenosine is a nucleoside that plays a part in energy production and signal transduction, which is the way cells communicate. It also affects the dilation of blood vessels, which is why it can be used to affect heartbeat rhythms. Adenosine is the only currently used adenosine receptor agonist and it is usually given through an IV. It is often used during ‘stress tests’ to test the abilities of the heart. Adenosine is safe to be used during pregnancy. Its common side effects include chest pain, faintness and shortness of breath. It rarely causes an irregular heartbeat to become worse or create low blood pressure. Currently, research is being done to see if adenosine receptor agonists could be useful in treating hepatitis C, ebola, marburg, inflammation, thinning hair and central nervous system disorders.
Adenosine Receptor Agonists Drugs
Drugs classified as adenosine receptor agonists are listed below.
Adenosine Receptor Agonists Uses
Adenosine receptor agonists are used to correct irregular heartbeats.
- Atrial fibrillation
- Supraventicular tarchycardia
- Stress tests
Adenosine Receptor Agonists Side Effects
Side effects of adenosine receptor agonists are generally mild but can result in a worsened condition. Common side effects are listed below.
- Chest pain
- Low blood pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Tingling sensation